Product: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1024MB EE
Company: EVGA
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: August 17th, 2010
Summary & Conclusions

EVGA
EVGA
The GeForce GTX 460 is marketed as 'DirectX 11 done right' but it's actually 'Fermi done right'. Much has been made of AMD's excellent 'sweet spot' strategy, but the strategy fell a bit short in the enthusiast mid-range price point, around $200. The decision not to just chop the GF100 die in half to make the next tier gives NVIDIA five performance graphics cards for the enthusiast, without the large void AMD has. EVGA's GeForce GTX 460 SC 1GB has the measure of the ATI Radeon HD 5830, and chases the HD 5850 quite nicely. It's aggressive pricing and nice bundle of software and games means it's now the enthusiast gamer value choice, in the $200-$250 price range.

Since the GTX 460's release in early July, both the Radeon HD 5830 and HD 5770 have dropped in price, with the GTX 460's direct competitor falling from AMD's suggested $239 to under $200 - with some deals putting it around $150. The GTX 460 remains more card for the money. It also overclocks nicely but, as always, YMMV so don't purchase on the basis of some rumored 'overclocking scaling' seen in reviews. If you're an overclocker, you'll likely also consider the potential of a HD 5850, as well.

Front of the pack
Front of the pack

NVIDIA's transparency MSAA works very well to enhance the image quality of modern titles, where AMD seems to be a little less effective - Adaptive AA transparency doesn't kick in until the object is much closer to the viewpoint. NVIDIA's ability to define enhanced or override settings in profiles automatically triggered by the launch of the game is very nice, and something ATI fans have been requesting for a long time.

While it is possible to spin the fact that the GTX 460 1GB has fused off SMs, and with less transistors has a bigger die than Cypress, these don't really impact the two key items enthusiasts look at for premium graphics cards - price and performance. Two of these in SLI make the price and performance of NVIDIA and AMD's highest offerings look bad, if you discount the use of Surround, Eyefinity and the inherent multi-GPU issues.

Super, and indeed, Clocked!
Super, and indeed, Clocked!

5 Stars!
5 Stars!
Rage3D awards the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1GB video card 5 stars! Redefining performance and value at the low $200 price range, this is card to beat for hi-definition gaming value. Working Stereo3D and PhysX options, plus great driver support make this card definitely no Bullwinkle. Adrieeeeeeennnnnnnee!

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